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April 7th, 2020

Medical Supply from China and my role

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This is part of the series of posts on buying medical supply from China
Part I – Buying KN95 masks from China
Part II – Buying surgical masks from China
Part III – Buying Ventilators from China
Part IV – Medical supply from China and my role

Up to recently, I only dealt with friends whom I know, helping them with medical supplies from China. But recently, I got random emails from people asking for help and very often I have to explain my role and motives.

My personal priority is to help hospital frontline doctors & nurses get the correct medical supply they need. Whether that is done through the hospital direct procurement, a local-charity donation, a government or its agency, or business procurement. It would be nice to make some reasonable money along the way but that’s not my priority here. If you are working for charity or humanitarian causes, I will give you priority. 

I don’t work for a Chinese manufacturer or factories. I don’t own any inventory of medical supply. I don’t work for the Jack Ma Foundation or the Chinese government. People I am working with (on both side) prefer to get medical supply with a business contract instead of dealing with political agenda. 


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April 5th, 2020

Buying Ventilators from China

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This is part of the series of posts on buying medical supply from China
Part I – Buying KN95 masks from China
Part II – Buying surgical masks from China
Part III – Buying Ventilators from China
Part IV – Medical supply from China and my role

Ventilators are in high demand. It is what helps serious patients with their breathing and keeping critical-ill alive while their lung heals on its own. I wanted to write about this a few days ago but I need to calm myself; Even now, I am both angry and sad writing this.

First, let’s have some basic terminology. Ventilators come in multiple forms: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP), and Auto-Titration Positive Airway Pressure, sometimes called Smart Ventilator or Auto-Mode. Ventilators also come in non-invasive and invasive mode. 

Ventilators are also used in a wide scenario from mild to life-critical situations. For simplicity, let’s use FDA classification – Class I, Class II and Class III for explanation.


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April 2nd, 2020

Buying surgical masks from China

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This is part of the series of posts on buying medical supply from China
Part I – Buying KN95 masks from China
Part II – Buying surgical masks from China
Part III – Buying Ventilators from China
Part IV – Medical supply from China and my role

There is another cheaper mask commonly known as Surgical Mask.

Again, let’s start with the standards: US ASTM F2100-11(2018), Europe EN 14683:2005, and China YY-0469-2011 and YY-0969-2013. YY/T series of standards in China are “Industry Standards” in contrast with GB series, the government approved standards.

These masks consist of three layers: the innermost layer absorbs moisture and body fluid from your mouth and nose; the middle layer blocks liquid/oil from either side, and the outermost layer is particle filtration. 

TL:DR : For your own personal use, buy this mask is sufficient. It is cheap and comfortable. Ask for medical mask with YY-0969-2013 standard.


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March 31st, 2020

Buying KN95 masks from China

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This is part of the series of posts on buying medical supply from China
Part I – Buying KN95 masks from China
Part II – Buying surgical masks from China
Part III – Buying Ventilators from China
Part IV – Medical supply from China and my role

In the last couple of weeks, with a group of friends around the world, I somehow landed in the position to help source and secure medical supplies to people (often governments) around the world from Chinese factories. Many of us are doing this pro bono and for humanitarian purposes – our goal is to help to secure proper medical equipment to frontline doctors and nurses against this war against the Coronavirus. 

Highest in demand are ICU ventilators, N95 respirator masks, PPE kits, surgical masks and gowns as well as test kits. There are also many governments whom we are in contact with who also need donations. If you know anyone who can help them, I would be happy to put you in touch. (Chinese government has offered to help but many of them choose not to receive donations from Chinese government, especially since it comes with political strings attached.)

There is a lot of confusion in the market about medical supply. In this post, I would focus on KN95 masks from China and the respective standards. I am particularly angry at unscrupulous businessmen who tried to sell non-medical grade mask to hospitals. We would lose this war if our doctors and nurses falls.

TL:DR : Almost 100% of KN95 masks currently in the market (US/EU) outside China are NOT medical grade masks. Please insist that you only buy KN95 GB 19083 FFP2 masks for frontline doctors and nurses. It will cost a bit more but it is worth it.


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December 18th, 2019

Sino-US relationship

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Most Americans think US engagement with China starts with President Nixon. But Sino-US history goes back as far as back as the American Revolution and before that.

In the 17th century, China was already trading with the US, then a U.K. colony. Tea, silk, and porcelains were imported from China. After independence, the US became China’s number two trading partner after British.

Through the 300 odd years of engagement, the relationship between the US and China had good times and bad times, but more often somewhere in between.

In the mid-1800, a large number of Chinese labors came to California in search of gold. By the 1860s, the Chinese were the largest aliens in West America. Expectedly, the US pass laws to ban more Chinese from coming.

Around the same time, many US Christian missionaries went to China. They were impressed by Hong Xiuquan and supported him in the Taiping Rebellion. Taiping Rebellion is one of the bloodiness rebellions in human history that leaves 40 million death, in an attempt to create a new “Heavenly Kingdom” in China. Ironically, the US State Department supported the Qing government instead and squash the rebellion.


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February 25th, 2019

Notes on Chinese Economy 2018

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明白就明白。不明白再解释也不会明白。

2012 Anti-corruption campaign (反腐:不作为、央企民企脱钩)

2013 Circular No. 9 (9号文:质疑改革开放)
2013 Back to Real economy (回到实体经济:金融退场)

2014 Property market slowdown (房地产降温:地方政府没钱)

2015 Chinese stock market turbulence (股灾:一天回到解放前)

2016 Beidaihe signaled only SOE is favoured (北戴河:国进民退)

2017 Deleveraging (去杠杆:借不到钱)
2017 Arrest of high profile businessmen (抓钱袋子)
2017 19th Politburo – New Era (19大后新时代:政治博弈改金融博弈)

2018 Tax collections reformation (税务机构改革)
2018 P2P/ICO collapse (金融难民)
2018 margin call on at least 600 listed company (600家上市公司跌破平仓线)
2018 US impose tariff on China (美国增加关税)

2019 China grow rate at 6.6% in 2018 (2018中国GDP增长6.6%)

至于你们信不信,我反正信了!

November 18th, 2016

A Collision of Expectations

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This article is written as the contribution to GIIC as their commissioner.

The world’s economy is quickly approaching a potential crisis, and the impact could be far reaching. The crisis stems from a collision of conflicting expectations involving one of the largest economies ever, and includes tangible, large-scale impacts on real communities. At this late hour, it is unclear whether the crisis can be averted and if so, what the consequences of trade-offs might be.

In July, 2001 China concluded negotiations with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and an agreement was ratified in December, 2001. Part of China’s understanding was that they would be granted Market Economy Status (MES) on the 15-year anniversary of the agreement, which will occur in December of this year. However, that understanding is not held by the other countries of the WTO and this disagreement has the potential to significantly impact economies around the world.

The accession to WTO opened up opportunities for Chinese industries, but has also brought about a number of unintended consequences. In the 90s, Europe was moving aggressively towards the use of renewal green energy, however manufacturing of solar cell in Europe was very costly because of the European environment protection regulations. The Europeans found a manufacturer in Wuxi, China who was able to provide solar cells very cheaply because of China’s less restrictive environmental protection regulations. The manufacturer became very successful and soon other companies began making solar cells. Unfortunately, the new manufacturers did not seek to enhance the original product, but chose to simply produce exact copies, which is usually the case in China. The “copycat” mindset often leads to overcapacity, and such was the case for solar cells in Wuxi. The European Union took notice of the situation and in 2011 cut back on demand, resulting in a large glut of solar cells, causing prices to plummet by nearly half.

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July 31st, 2016

”为什么来拉萨?”

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”为什么来拉萨?”

哥们多次邀请我去拉萨,因为工作原因次次推迟。所以周日我到拉萨,完成多年前给哥们的承诺。同时也希望能为西藏祈祷和平。

然而,上飞机前的痛风,下飞机后的高原反应,缺氧、呼气困难、胃口不好、痛疼、感冒、肺水肿。导游说所有可能有的高原反应我都中了。

拖拉行李,一半都是药。

”为什么来拉萨?”

”西藏是个神秘的地方,有着灿烂的阳光,洁白的云朵,纯净的天空,稀薄的空气,连绵的雪山,安静的湖泊。“

这里风景太漂亮了。这5天走过拉萨(罗布林卡和大昭寺)、纳木错、桑耶寺、 雍布拉康、羊湖。如果自己开车自驾游,路上的风景美如画。

然而,缺氧的感觉就是困。路途上大部分时间都在睡觉。而且缺氧严重感觉好像要死掉了。高原走起路来感觉老了20岁,上一层楼梯都会喘不过气。在蓝天白云绿水的纳木错,一步一步慢慢走着,一手拿着手机拍照,另外一只手拿着氧气筒。

风景再美,也无福消受。

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October 11th, 2015

What is “China’s Citizen Scores”?

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By now, many people have heard of the implementation of China’s “Citizen Scores” that has been making rounds. I become curious and did some investigation of my own.

As a boy scout as a kid, we used to play a game around campfire. The adult would form two teams and make two lines with 10 kids. He would the whisper the same exact message to first kid of the two teams, whereby they would repeat it to the next kid and so on until the last kid have to write the message down on paper. We always have a good laugh what comes out at the end compared to what went in.

“Citizen Score” is what happens when official news gets reposted, added with the journalist opinions, mixed in some new information (relevant or not), and repeated the process 10 times. To make it worst, most journalists in the process didn’t bother to, or was not able to do fact checking as the source is in Chinese.

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June 2nd, 2015

What’s going on in China domain name industy?

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Recently, there have been a lot of noise about China tightening control on new top levels and how it could severely damper domain names registrations in China and one should make preparation for the worst.

Initially, I tried to stay out of this as I know all the players behind this. But given there are at least 3 people who have email me to ask me what’s going on, I think let me clear the air here.

It started with a report by Brandma on China’s “Special Operation” to regulate Domain Name Registrations which warns that “Getting the license requires understanding on how the regulatory system works and how one should respond as it evolves. It’s also like a mini ICANN application process, but this time in Mandarin.”

Contrary to these “doomsayer” report, there is really no need to panic.

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